Philippine Politics

The Cold Reality of Philippine Politics

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You’ve seen news outlets all around the globe rave about the Philippine economy. Then you see poverty rates that haven’t budged in any significant way. The thing is you can’t erase a noticeable slice of poverty even in a small nation in less than a year. It’s a grassroots movement that involves a wide variety of government sectors. Here in the Philippines the cold reality is that much of the population is still poor, and that equates to a less-than-ideal number of educated people.

Take that fact into your perspective of Philippine politics. Watch the news for a few days and you’ll see they’ve turned one of the most pivotal parts of a country’s progress and development and turned it into a circus, with a colorful cast of politicians turning in entertaining performances. It’s all about their own interests now, such as saving whatever sliver of a good image they have or reelection. It’s about gaining the public’s sympathy by manipulating the facts and making it seem like you’re the victim and not the Filipino people.

How big a slice of the population is educated? How many can translate what they see on the news into intelligent opinions? Do that many people even watch the news? The answer isn’t really that difficult. Nancy Binay won a seat in the senate with flying colors sans any kind of experience in politics. And that’s with all the negative comments on social media. Our vice president whom many trusted would go on to fulfill his duties truthfully and with vigor was actually corrupt right from the beginning.

And that’s the reality. It might be a while before people like Risa Hontiveros get the majority of votes or celebrity hopefuls are filled with second thoughts on whether they should run. It’s most apparent when you see Jejomar Binay’s high trust rating even with all the negative press on TV and the internet. There’s just a high percentage of uneducated citizens in our country and it’s something that’s out of our hands for now even if we fill Facebook and Twitter with scathing remarks on these corrupt and inexperienced politicians.


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